The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) is working with the Western Cape government and traffic authorities as the province tries to reduce road deaths this festive season.
The festive season road safety campaign was launched at the Huguenot Tunnel on Thursday where traffic volumes are starting to pick up.
Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela interacted with motorists as they were pulled over during a roadblock at the Huguenot Tunnel.
The MEC urged drivers to adhere to the rules of the road during the festive season.
He emphasised the importance of people driving with their seatbelts on and also making sure that people don’t drink and drive and urged them to drive within the speed limit as they would still get to their destination.
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Over the next few weeks, traffic officers will be out in full force checking for drunk driving, driver fatigue, roadworthiness and in the case of public transport like taxis they will be checking for overcrowding.
Santaco’s first deputy chairperson Mzoxolo Didela said it was important to work with Western Cape authorities to ensure their members comply with the rules of the road.
Didela said they are expecting the volumes to start increasing on Friday, so they would be visible and the associations will be going to different ranks and checking the roadworthiness of the vehicles before they get on the road.